In addition to a new facility moving forward in Liberty, South Carolina, FN will also be expanding its footprint at its existing Columbia plant. 

The $18 million expansion – to include more than 40,000 square feet of manufacturing capacity and office space – will begin later this year with expected completion in the first half of 2024. The growth will allow FN to add an estimated 102 new jobs in Columbia and create a Design Center of Excellence that will help the company develop new products. 

Importantly, FN America has been the birthplace of the SCAR series, the new 9mm High Power, the Reflex micro compact, the IWS carbine system, commercial suppressors, and the extremely popular FN 509 series. Meanwhile, FN Herstal in Belgium has put its recent efforts into guns such as the Hiper pistol and Evolys machine gun, pointing to two very different design philosophies between the two branches.

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This news comes just a week after FN announced plans to add 176 new jobs and 100,000 sq. ft. of manufacturing capacity in a $33 million project to build a second South Carolina production facility in Liberty. 

"The record growth that our company has had these last several years has enabled us to invest in our  South Carolina manufacturing footprint with our soon-to-be new facility in Liberty and now the expansion of our Columbia facility,” said Mark Cherpes, President and CEO for FN America. "We were established in Richland County more than 40 years ago to manufacture small arms for the U.S. Army, and we are proud to expand our capacity to support that sector of our business."

The company currently employs over 600. According to the latest data from federal regulators, FN produced 132,205 handguns and 37,202 rifles in South Carolina in 2021.

Banner image: An American-made FN NRCH SCAR in multi-cam seen at the 2023 SHOT Show. (Photo: Chris Eger/

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